Collaborative process

Business with Birmingham develops and grows relationships with many commercial businesses, small and large. We identify challenges of mutual interest and introduce academia to companies in their area of research. We broker the development of project proposals and assist the set-up contracts for collaboration.



Our support for business varies depending on the industry collaborator, academic or project - there are no standard approaches. For organisations new to collaborating with the University, we establish industry visits, create detailed briefings and develop a holistic understanding of the business's challenge. We then translate academic concepts into industry-ready ideas.

Once a collaborative project has been decided on, we work with the Research Support group to get a contract in place. We ensure that there are suitable resources in place to facilitate the project; this might involve securing funding streams and helping the HR process if it requires a team to be established.

To explore some of our past and existing collaborations, please visit our Projects page.